The First Bee

The First Bee

The old fishermen thought it very lucky to catch the first bee they happened to see in April. It was the sign of a good herring season, they said.

I have seen men chasing the first bee they saw for a long way, and if they caught her, they kept her in their purse, but if they did not catch her, it was a sign that their earnings would be light.

I knew a man that was born with a caul, and he took it with him in the boat, and I have heard some of the fishermen say it was half-filled with dead bees. He was catching the first bee he saw for many years, and keeping them in the caul, and he was very fortunate when fishing herrings. Whether the caul and bees made him lucky or not I cannot tell.


(sourced: photo; text Manx Notes & Queries (1904) edited by Charles Roeder)

Bernadette Weyde

Bernadette Weyde

I'm a web designer, amateur historian and keen gardener and I enjoy bringing Manx history, folklore and poetry to a modern audience.


Tags assigned to this article:
animalssea

Related Articles

The Three Wonders of Manann – The Third

The third Wonder, the stone which moved at night and always returned to its chosen spot, is no longer in

Manx Dialect Connected with the Fairies

The Isle of man is full of Fairy lore.  A good Manxman does not speak of fairies — the word

Deodand

The ancient legal penalty of Deodand, well known in England, by which an animal or object causing a death was

No comments

Write a comment
No Comments Yet! You can be first to comment this post!

Write a Comment

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*